Thursday, October 7, 2010

OVER BROWN WATERS


On Monday, 10-4-10, after a great breakfast prepared by the Gilmores and changing a flat tire, we headed out wearing jackets to keep the chill off. We meandered through quiet backroads where sumac was starting to show fall color. Highway 43 to Hwy 26 that becomes Hwy 10 as we cross the Pearl River near Bogalusa and enter the state of Louisiana. The terrain is rolling hills that cross a series of creeks which are tributaries of Bogue Chitto. The waters are a chocolate brown with emerging cypress trees. Highway 1072 takes us to Franklinton, LA for the night after a 57 mile day. Adventure Cycling listed 3 places for lodging, but only one was still operational. The recession, and then the BP oil spill have devastated the rural economy to the extent that many
B & B's and motels are now shuttered. Thankfully for us, the Liberty Inn was still open even though we counted only 2 vehicles in the parking lot.

4 comments:

Dee Dee Jacobs said...

Thank you for all the fascinating stories -- I look forward to each and every one. Your posts are so descriptive that I feel like I'm experiencing the South myself!

Norb and Ann said...

We appreciate your enthusiasm Dee Dee. We are having fun with it, when it works :) We may have it somewhat figured out by the time we complete the ride!

Tricia said...

We so appreciate everything you do! What a wonderful adventure. Hope you enjoy Texas! Thanks again for pressing on. We're thinking about you! :)- Tricia

Norb and Ann said...

Thanks Tricia, it is always a treat for us to know that there are supportive people like you out there. We feel good about riding our longest day yesterday, 81 miles. Good to get that under our belts before the Texas Hill Country slows us down. We saw an item on CBS news this am about walking (& exercise in general) protecting against dementia. So all you walkers & exercisers keep it up. Sweat On!